THE SOCCEROOS HAVE BEEN HANDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO OPPOSE ENGLAND AT WEMBLEY NEXT MONTH AS PART OF THEIR WORLD CUP PREPARATIONS.

ENGLAND MUST BEAT POLAND AT WEMBLEY TOMORROW MORNING TO QUALIFY FOR BRAZIL AND AVOID THE UNCERTAINLY OF PLAY-OFFS.

THE STRUGGLING SOCCEROOS ARE PREPARING TO PLAY CANADA IN A FRIENDLY IN LONDON.

OVERNIGHT CAPTAIN LUCAS NEILL SAID HE HAD NO PLAN TO RETIRE, DESPITE CRITICISM OF HIS PERFORMANCE.

AUSTRALIAN RUGBY LEAGUE COACH TIM SHEENS SAYS THIS MONTH'S WORLD CUP WILL BE THE STRONGEST EVER. THE KANGAROOS ARE SEEDED NUMBER ONE BUT WILL BE TESTED STRONGLY BY THE REIGNING CHAMPION NEW ZEALAND AND ENGLAND ON ITS HOME SOIL.SHEENS SAYS OTHER TEAMS WILL BE DANGEROUS TOO.AUSTRALIA IS HEADING OVER THE UK EARLY TO GET USED TO THE COLD WEATHER.

AMERICAN VETERAN KELLY SLATER HAS BEEN KNOCKED OUT OF THE ASP EVENT IN PORTUGAL.

SLATER'S SHOCK LOSS TO PORTUGAL'S WORLD NUMBER 96 FREDERICO MORAIS HAS GIVEN AUSTRALIAN MICK FANNING A GREAT CHANCE TO WIN THE WORLD TITLE IN THE COMING DAYS.

FANNING WON HIS SECOND ROUND MATCH-UP YESTERDAY, AND MUST FINISH THIRD OR BETTER TO GIVE HIMSELF A CHANCE OF SECURING A THIRD WORLD TITLE THIS WEEK.

 

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